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#1 pontalba

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:47 PM

Books Read in 2017


JANUARY

The Children's Home by Charles Lambert 4/5
The Greatest Knight by Thomas Asbridge. 4/5
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 4/5
The Long Surrender by Burke Davis 5/5
A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall 4/5

FEBRUARY

The Night Manager by John LeCarre 5/5
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by.
(Read 36%, couldn't finish, depressing)
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 3/5
The Edge by Dick Francis 5/5
Hawaii by James Michener 5/5
The Perseid Collapse by Steven Konkoly 3/5
Event Horizon by Steve Konkoly 3/5
Watchman by Ian Rankin 4/5
Assignment: Amazon Queen by Edward S. Aarons 3/5

MARCH

Extraordinary People by Peter May 4/5
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George 5/5
The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek 5/5
If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield 3/5
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. 2/5 (if that, I'm being kind)

Edited by pontalba, 24 March 2017 - 03:38 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:53 PM

Links to past book logs here.....

 

http://www.bookclubf...ing-list/page-1  2016  64 books read

http://www.bookclubf...5-reading-list/  2015  42 books read

http://www.bookclubf...ing-list/page-1   (2014) 109 books read

http://www.bookclubf...3-reading-list/    99 books read

pontalba's 2012 reading list  65 books read
pontalba's 2011 reading list  92 books read
pontalba's 2010 reading list  74 books read
pontalba's 2009 reading list  36 books read  (I was distracted this year.) :D
pontalba;s 2008 reading list  62 books read
pontalba's books read list (2007)  59 books read

http://www.bookclubf...ing-list/page-1  Only 43 books read this year, but good ones! :)


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:55 PM

saving, just in case :readingtwo: :D

Thought I'd post a link to one of our LibraryThing accounts. http://www.librarything.com/home (booknest)

Edited by pontalba, 17 January 2017 - 04:09 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:59 PM

Last year was  a slow reading year, but not as slow as some, thankfully.  :)

 

I'm still in the middle of The Greatest Knight, and something else that escapes me atm.  heh

 

Also I'm reading, and will finish today I believe, The Children's Home by Charles Lambert.  Excellent so far, it is reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle.  Not in actual content, but tenor. 



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:19 PM

I wish you a great reading year in 2017, Kate :readingtwo: :)!

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:33 PM

Thanks Gaia!  I think it's beginning to shape up! :cool:



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:17 PM

Have a great reading year, Kate! :smile:



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:25 PM

Thanks BB! I hope I am able to dent my stacks too! :D

BTW, posted a link to one of our Library Thing accounts in #3 post above.

Edited by pontalba, 16 January 2017 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:45 AM

Your link doesn't work for me, sorry :(.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:10 PM

Happy Reading in 2017, Kate ! :D



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:02 PM

Your link doesn't work for me, sorry :(.

 

Nor me - perhaps we have to join ?  :lurker:



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:06 PM

Drat! I don't know...I just clicked it, and it worked. Maybe you have to be logged in?

If you can get onto the site I'm booknest there, and Cateline.


And thanks! :D

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:12 PM

*************I have edited the link, took off the # sign...don't know why it was there. Try the link now.************

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:23 AM

Ah I managed to see your profile by logging in and changing my name in the URL for yours when I clicked on my profile (I've no idea how you normally add friends, because I've never had one on LibraryThing). I haven't been in LibraryThing in a few years so my collection on there is horribly outdated, but I've sent you a friend request :).

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:46 PM

Got it, and responded, thanks. :)  I couldn't see your books there though. 

 

Finally finished my first book of the year/month!

 

The Children's Home by Charles Lambert 4/5

 

A terribly scarred and disfigured man, a grand secluded estate, furniture and carvings from all over the world are well described by Lambert, creating the centerpiece of our story.  How was he so maimed?  Where is this place? When is this place? And most of all, where are all the children coming from?  All ages, both genders they simply arrive/appear on the estate.  He and his housekeeper are the only inhabitants of the house and they care for the children unquestioningly.  Mysterious wax figures are discovered, and a mission seems to be forming around the man.  He is only told that he will know what to do when the time comes.

 

The reviews on GoodReads are quite mixed, and tend to be lesser rather than more.  I can understand why, but was compelled to rate it as highly as I have because of the ambiance of the story, the mixture of tragedy, love given and received, and total weirdness  truly swept me along.  There is an air of magical realism about the story, not a genre I enjoy.  But, somehow, this works for me.  I would have appreciated a little more.....body to the ending, but it is what it is, and that's ok.

 

Interestingly, there is a small comparison for me to the book The Adventurers by Harold Robbin in that there is a past revolution apparently fueled by an Army that is now in disarray.  That is part of my sympathy for the story, I believe. 

 

Recommended, if you can stand open endings that don't explain everything.



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 06:23 PM

I hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2017, pontalbs! :smile2: 



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 03:35 PM

Happy reading in 2017! :)

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 05:31 PM

Have a good reading year, pontalba! :friends3:



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 05:40 PM

Hope you have a happy year of reading ahead of you, pontalba. :D



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Posted 22 January 2017 - 01:55 AM

Thank you, all! :D. Much appreciated!
It's shaping up pretty well.

I've started "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" by Anthony Marra. So far, so good.




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